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by the way, 3500 votes in 15 minutes on the screaming kids in restaurants. martha: do not take your kids to -- screaming kids to restaurants! see you tomorrow, bye guys. jen hi everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: and i'm jon scott, "happening now", locals are calling it the worst and most expensive fire in colorado history, a news conference about to get underway in boulder. weep keep an eye on it for you. jenna: this is where things stand now, the fire is 10 percent contained, at least 135 homes have been destroyed. 3500 residents evacuated, and four people are still missing at this time. alicia acuna is live at the fire demand center in boulder, colorado. what are firefighters up against today? >> reporter: well, jenna, they're up against a warning from the national weather center, saying that there's a red flag warning for winds today. now, what that means in terms of the fire is that at
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any time, the winds could really come and whip things up again. you mentioned 10 percent containment. firefighters did say they're starting to get a line on the fire, however, these winds could really make it more dangerous and make them have to actually pull back. we are about 6 miles from the fire line behind me there, over those ridges. you can kind of see the cloud and some of the haze. that's where the fire is being fought at this time. we're at the incident command center, this is the base of operations for firefighters, and you can see this is where they sleep, where they get their briefings and where they head out to go to the fire lines. jenna: with 10 percent containment, that's a fire that's essentially burning out of control but we understand they're letting some residents go back to their homes? >> reporter: yes. sheriff joe pelly of boulder county did announce last night to residents that hundreds of them will be able to go back into the area. it's not all the evacuees but there are a good number of people from four different neighborhoods. however, this does come with a warning. if the winds do pick up and
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it is expect that's this will happen, the folks may have to reevacuate and they're going to have to do it in a hurry. there is also another concern, that even a closed up area, there are some areas that are still closed because it's still so dangerous and people are saying they're just sneaking in on their own because they really don't want to wait to find out what happened to their homes. jenna: it's a quick moving fire. that's very dangerous. alicia, we'll be back to you as news warrants, we know it's a developing story. thank you very much. jon: and fox news weather alert, remnants of tropical storm hermine bringing terrible destruction to parts of texas, the storm tearing across the region, triggering major flooding. rescue crews, pulling about 100 people safely out of the region's quickly rising waters. firefighters had to use ladders to reach some folks stranded on top of their homes. at least two people are reported dead in all of this. this storm also created a series of tornadoes in the dallas-fort worth area, reports of eight tornadoes swirling, some right through central dallas, moving over
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buildings, one tornado hit a shopping center, scattering debris all over the place. jenna: imagine seeing this giant dark cloud coming towards you, a helicopter tv crew caught this on camera. watch for the flashes of light by that tower on your screen there. that's the funnel cloud that is slamming into power lines. just imagine that. there were power outages, no reports of any serious injuries. that's a good thing, but quite a scary situation. also check this out, also in dallas, several funnel clouds forming after the heavy rains moved out. you can see the tornadoes moving across the sky there as the sun is trying to break out through some of those dark clouds. well, where are folks feeling the rest of this storm now? meteorologist janice dean is watching this from the weather center. some incredible pictures. >> reporter: my gosh, you want to warn people, do not try this at home. they really got hit hard by this tropical storm in texas, and it's just a
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reminder of what a tropical storm can do. folks in texas, remember, tropical storm alison back in 2001? that was a tropical storm, it brought 40 inches of rain, it killed 41 people, and left over 70,000 people with flooding in their homes. that's just a tropical storm. so it just gives you a good reminder, it doesn't take a hurricane to cause major damage. and this, of course, is video that we had on "happening now" yesterday in arlington, texas, that is between dallas and fort worth, where they got pounded with rain, in some cases, we have reports of rainfall amounts of over 15 inches, and then, of course, this is tornado damage, this is also related to the remnants of hermine, out of around the dallas- fort worth area as those tornadoes moved through the area yesterday afternoon. let's take a look at the radar of dallas. late afternoon into the early evening, when we got reports of those tornadoes -- is this not working?
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i hope, i hope, i hope you're in play. my producer brandon is going to help me, i knowsy, he's going to press play for me here and we'll show you those. my apologies. there we go. thank you brandon, bless your heart. moving in, that's where we saw the tornado damage just around the dallas-fort worth area and southeast of the dallas area, and then moving up towards oklahoma, where we also got reports of tornadoes later on in the afternoon. so eight reports of tornadoes, damage certainly, and thank goodness, no one was injured or killed with the tornado damage, but of course, we did see some fatalities because of the heavy floods. there's the radar right now, there's the threat as we moved through the rest of the day today, through portions of missouri and where we could get 6 inches of rain for this area. we're not out of the woods yet, guys and just a remind their tropical storms can do an incredible amount of damage. jenna: you can always blame weather disruption --
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disruptions on the map, janice, right? that's an excuse, right? you never know. >> reporter: you never know what's going to happen at the fox news weather center! but i know you wanted to talk about boulder as well. jenna: it's such crazy weather in texas, all that rain, but you got the very fast burning, hot fires in colorado. any relief in site there? >> no, not in the forseeable future within the next 3-5 days and as alicia was mentioning, they're under a fire danger, flood warnings in and around the area and -- red flag warnings and fire danger in the next couple of days as we have a trough north of the region that could bring wind gusts of 50 miles per hour. this is not good news for firefighters or residents in the boulder, colorado arrest. temperatures are going to be warm, sunny, but that dry southwesterly flow is going to bring those gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour. i wish i had better news there, but unfortunately, it's going to be dire within the next couple of days. jenna: you can see why some reports are saying ten days
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until containment there. we'll see. j.d., thank you very much. >> reporter: okay jenna. jon: a fox news alert, and right now, president obama is hud ling with his senior advisers in the oval office after a flurry of economic reports and new polling data on what voters are thinking, just 54 days before the midterm elections. less than two months. first up, the number of americans filing for unemployment, plunging last week by 27,000 to 451,000. it's the lowest level in two months. no doubt the white house welcomes that news. and a new quinn peck university poll of registered voters finds more americans than not approve of the president's handling of the war in afghanistan. 49 percent to 40 percent. but if you get back to the most pocketbook issue that same survey shows quoters disapproving by a wide margin of mr. obama's handling of the economy, 56 percent-39 percent. wendell goler is amplify on
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all of this, he's live at the white house. >> reporter: the figure is headed in the right direction but it's not enough to make folks celebrate. there's a celebration over the construction work, anyway. the white house doesn't usually comment on polls but officials are pleased that the drop in unemployment filings was larger than expected and layoffs haven't increased despite the fact that the economy has slowed. now, his aide believes the president's poll numbers reflect the frustration with the recession itself as much as the president's handling of it, which is why the president went to a cleveland suburb yesterday and called out house speaker -- house minority leader john boehner by name after boehner called on the president to sack his entire economic team. if republicans want to make the fall elections a referendum on the president, he wants to remind voters that boehner would likely become speaker of the house if democrats lose control. mr. obama accused republicans of demanding the bush administration tax cuts for the richer extended as
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the price for extending the tax cuts for the middle class. >> so let me be clear to mr. boehner and everybody else. we should not hold middle class tax cuts hostage any longer. >> reporter: republicans say those upper level tax cuts affect hundreds of thousands of small businesses and not extending them would be likely to cost jobs, jon. jon: wendell goler live at the white house, thanks wendell. jenna: for more on what the new reports and pollies are saying, we're going to bring in director of macroeconomics from moody's.com. gus, are we finally turning a corner when it comes to the labor market with the better numbers we saw this week? >> certainly the drop in uninsurance claims is good news, however, it was a holiday weekend and we didn't get the full data so we may see revisions next week. it looks like layoffs are
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slowing a bit but we're not seeing that pickup in hiring we need to see a strong economy. we're not there yet. jenna: why aren't we? >> i think businesses are anxious. you know, they've been through a lot, they want to make sure that the recovery that's in place will be sustained before they go out and hire because that's an expensive proposition, and then i also think that there's some uncertainty going on in washington about what's going to happen with tax rates and things like that, so that may be weighing a bit on hiring decisions as well. jenna: talk to us about the political atmosphere, because it is so amped up as the jousting goes on in the mid terms. does this affect this economy and maybe affect this recovery? >> i don't think it's the political atmosphere itself. i think obviously there's a lot of back and forth between democrats and republicans, between the president and the republican leadership. that in and of itself isn't a big deal. i think it's more the uncertainty about what's going to happen to tax rates, about what's going to happen to other polices, should there be either the house and senate remain in
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democratic control or they switch over to republicans. jenna: so do economists, corporations, consumers get more certainty post the election? >> i think that's right. one way or the other, after the election is over, we'll have a better sense of what polices we'll see coming out of washington, and then i think we'll see some of the anxiety fade a bit. jenna: i think we're all probably looking forward do that. gus, thank you very much. thank you, sir. >> thank you. jon in the philippines the investigation into that rescue of a group of hostage on board a hijacked bus is now complete. after the police battled the hijacker eight tourists were left dead. why the police chief is apologizing. and you know everything is big ner texas, including the weather. floods and tornadoes, ravage dollars the tkral as -- the dallas area. the damage and dramatic high water recent cues, next.
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jon: a fox news alert, and
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on the day when the u.s. pentagon releases information about a major new previously secret iranian nuclear facility, the iranians have decided to release one of three american hostages. this, according to the french news agency. no word just yet on which of these hostages is to be released. sarah shourd, shane bauer and joshua fattal have been held for more than a year, they were hikers exploring iraq when apparently they accidently walked across the border into iran, they were picked up by iranian military personnel and have been held there ever since. again, the headline from the french news agency is that one of these hikers is to be released, but again, we do not know which one, we do not know the motive and we do not know yet what happens to the other two. other international desk is on top of t. we'll bring you the latest as it comes in. jenna: off to some other news overseas, police in the philippines, admitting
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friendly fire may have killed some tourists during a shootout at a hijacked bus. police are conduct ago reenactment of the hostage seige, admitting the gunman who took control of the bus could not have fired all those bullets. eight -- eight tourists died that day. the gunman was a disgruntled police officer who opened fire before the police made their move. they promise to have an elite team that's going to be trained to handle future hostage situations like this one. jon: "happening now", fox news alert, deadly tropical storm hermine is heading to the midwest. this after dumping 10 inches of rain on eastern oklahoma. right now, arkansas, missouri, and kansas are bracing for heavy rains and possible tornadoes. in texas, the storm sparked severe flooding and tornadoes that left two people dead. the fire department rescued at least 100 people,
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snatching them from the rushing flood waters. eight tornadoes reported in the dallas area alone. joining us on the phone from the dallas-fort worth region, lieutenant tim jones from the johnson county sheriff's department. has the rain pretty much quit now, sir? >> yes it has. jon: and what's left as far as flood relief? >> most of the water has passed on, the roads are open, it's very humid today from the rain and the heat. jon: but you had all kinds of recent cues to perform yesterday, your department, as well as the fire department? >> yes, we did. it was a very hectic eight or so hours yesterday for us. jon: how do you decide where you go? i mean, when so many roads are closed, so many bridges flooded, how do you decide who gets help first? >> you just take them as fast as you can, go to where you can, you know. if we had all the volunteer fire departments in the county were activated, working along with the two cities, major cities that have full-time fire departments, our deputies,
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all of the administration from the sheriff's office was out in the field, we had everybody that we could deploy out. jon: the indications are that there are two dead in texas, at least one of those in your jurisdiction, as i understand it. do you know what happened? >> we do have one male who is deceased. the vehicle was flooded, he tried to get out of his vehicle, it appears to, and was washed downstream, where he was discovered about 50 minutes later. jon: that is just so sad. lieutenant tim jones from the johnson county sheriff's office, thank you for your information. jenna. jenna: we're keeping a close eye on that situation in texas, also, of course, in colorado and we definitely appreciate it when you help us report this news. we're getting dramatic new images from the deadly storms in texas. this photo was sent by a viewer in ulyss, texas, it shows bear creek highway and bear creek park under quarter. you -- underwater. you can can see the photos there. this was from mansfield,
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texas, from arlington, you can see the rains from hermine, what they did to this neighborhood. we definitely want to see your photos and videos from news happening in your area. there are two ways to do that, e-mail them at you report, foxnews.com or log on to our website, click on the you report link to download your images and we're going to try to put them on the air and share them with everybody. jon: he is a popular 3-term senator known for his independent streak, but democrat russ feingold running neck and neck in the polls with a political unknown. could this be the sign of a bigger wave of voter discontent? all right. nfl fans, you know the kickoff to the season is just hours away. there's that music i love! but with america's favorite sport sitting on a $10 billion empire, what could go wrong?
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jon get you caught up on what's happening now, top box, nfl superstar tom brady involved in an early morning car accident in boston, brady was reportedly shaken but did not go to the hospital. harris faulkner is working the phones from the breaking news desk, she'll have details coming up stkpwhraoeufpblgts in the middle box new information on the deadly police shooting that sparked violent protest necessary los angeles, the l.a. times reports the officer was involved in at least two previous shooting incidents. bottom box, the fbi is investigating vandalism at a mosque under construction in phoenix, vandals broke windows and splattered paint on the floor. jenna: well, a heated senate race in wisconsin is getting national attention right now
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because of what it actually might show us about the tone of voters as we get into mid terms. 3-term democratic senator russ feingold, once thought to be a shoe-in, is fighting to seufb his job against likely republican challenger ron johnson *fpb -- johnson who is favored to win the primary. steve brown is live with more on this. most political observers say this race is a toss-up. why is that? >> well, if you take a look at the polling it might surprise folks that haven't been take passengers -- paying attention because the wisconsin race hasn't gotten a lot of attention nationally but if you take a look at the polling, the average of the last several polls going back to june shows that feingold is up, but if you factor in the plus-min us, it's a dead heat and late in the race it could be trouble for mr. feingold. >> talktous more about feingold. 3-term democratic senator. where is he right now in the race, and what does he have ahead of him? >> typically, russ feingold
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does have perhaps a little bit closer race than you'd expect for an incumbent. that's been the habit of his throughout his reelection campaign. but this go round in the polling, getting back to it, he isn't 50 percent above in the head to head match uniformity that's troublesome. as the incumbent you've got to expect most if not all of the undecideds are going to go the other direction. so right now, russ feingold does look like he's in jeopardy of losing that seat. it's early yet. you'd say this in september. it's not until of no. but there's trouble down there. jenna: that's a good pint. -- good point. what about ron johnson, what does he bring to the table? >> it's important to report that there's a primary on tuesday, he's not the official nominee but it certainly does looks like he'll win and i've heard the prediction of 70-30 win over westlake, the republican challenge, but johnson is an interesting guy, he only got into the race in -- race in may, he's been running a
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plastic manufacturing business out of osh kosh. this is a plastic manufacturing business that sells its products to a lot of places, including china, which is pretty interesting. and this guy just got into the race in may, he spent at least $4 million of his own money, running television ads just introducing himself. he's not as well known as feingold but what voters in wisconsin have come to think or come to see is that folks don't want necessarily what they're familiar with. anybody correctly -- directly connected with government, boy, i'll tell you, they're having a difficult time this go round and it doesn't matter if you're democrat or republican in that regard. jenna: we're going to talk about football next. do you think the wisconsin voters are focused on this race or the green bay packers, what do you think? >> packers. packers! jenna: as long as we have our priorities right. thank you very much, appreciate it as always. >> sure. jon: from a politician in some trouble to a league in trouble, the new orleans saints defend their championship title against the minnesota vikings when the nfl season kicks off
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tonight. that league, of course, is the most successful sports franchise in america. the league all together. sporting $10 billion in revenue a year. for all the green and glory, there also are very big problems facing america's favorite sport. fox business network's ashley webster live from one of the brand spanking new stadium that will house the jets and giants. haven't we seen ticket sales go down, ashley? >> just a little bit, jon. but you mentioned the stayed ul behind me, the new meadowlands stadium, it's called that because they can't find a sponsor for the naming rights, the naming rights going for around $25 million a year. haven't been able to find one yet. that's really an indication of how the recession is hurting the league in various ways. they have managed to sell some sponsorships. you see the verizon sign behind me, they're paying $8 million a year for that sign, they've also done deals with pepsi, budweiser and met life. it's been a tough go for the nfl. the operating costs and building of new stadiums,
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not cheap. this one costs just a mere $1.6 billion, both the giants and jets, as you say, jon, share the stadium, they owe about $900 million each on this stadium. it's an expensive business, and it's getting harder and harder to find those corporate sponsorships. jon: i hate to tell you, ashley, but we were already in video and we didn't see the verizon sign behind you that they paid, what, $8 million for? now you're up there. there's supposed to be potentially labor trouble, right? i mean, the deal between the players union and the league isn't hammered out yet? >> reporter: no, it's not. and it expires at the end of this season. and the league is contemplating perhaps expanding the season, from one games to 18 games. that would generate some new revenue. the players say fine, but bring us a deal, and as they say, that deal they have in place right now runs out, and neither side, neither the league nor the union representatives, have sen set a deadline or a time to meet.
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so i think the words is -- >> [inaudible] >> we appear to have lost our connection with ashley webster. maybe the satellite timed out on us. happens from time to time. jenna: maybe the nfl snuck in there. jon: the gremlins pulled the plug. but you got the word, the world's most valuable sports league having trouble selling ticket, too. jenna: it's a tough time for everybody. we showed thank you crazy video yesterday, you have to see it again. it's the video that the cruise industry would rather you didn't see. dramatic pictures of a violent storm rocking an oceanliner. two years later, it's now all over the internet. what it may mean to the future of cruising and does this happen? we'll talk to an expert, coming up.
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jon: the emotional debate over whether to build a mosque near ground zero now extending far beyond downtown manhattan and the heated protests we've seen in this city. muslim leaders in france, the nation with the largest islamic population in europe are weighing in now. greg palkot is in paris, streaming live for us. greg. >> reporter: surprising stuff indeed. his name is galil babazart, head of the ground mosque of paris, the biggest mosque in france, he is arguably one of the most important muslim leaders in the community here in europe. he is a moderate, he says the islam religion is a peaceful one, he denounces 9/11 as a terrible moment, but in an exclusive
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interview with us, he had this counsel regarding the controversial siting of that planned islamic center. take a listen: >> i think if american people, and especially new york city, appeal that location, i think that the reason, the wisdom has to -- not to be there, but to be anywhere, in another place. >> reporter: people here who want to attack the united states can use this as an excuse. babequer is not narrowing this to an islamicphobia charge, they refer to it as specifically a 9/11 issue and also, france has its own problems regarding islam. there are even fights here over siting of mosques in france. as one figure told me, they
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might like to get on the back of the united states on this issue. they can't and their not. back to you. jon: greg palkot live from paris, thank you. jenna: viral video is making unwanted waves for one industry, the cruise industry. if you take a look at some of these frightening moments on board a cruise ship you can see why, it was hit by huge waves 400 miles north of new zealand, this circulated but facebook, twitter, it was posted on a number of different websites but here's an interesting part to this story, this video was taken two years ago and we're only really just seeing it. so how does this happen on a -- how often does this happen on a cruise ship? joining us is an editor for a cruise site, it's called cruiseitic. sue, how typical is that to see, those big waves just moving people all over the cruise ship? >> it's very, very unusual. it's certainly not something that anyone considering a cruise should expect.
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when that ship was hit by a big storm, the captain couldn't make an announcement, they couldn't prepare for it, it was completely unexpected. you would be incredibly unlucky to have that again. >> have you experienced a storm like that on a cruise ship? >> i've certainly experienced a force ten, which was grim but not like that, and we were told to go outside and i couldn't get off of my bed, let alone think of going outside, it was dreadful but i didn't worry about it. the ships are very sea worthy. jenna: when something like this happens, let's go back to that for some of us who maybe haven't been through a storm on a cruise ship, what's the procedure when something like this happens? >> when the storm is forecast and heavy seas are forecast, passengers will be warned. it's unlikely that soup will be served at dinner, put it that way. if it's going to get bad they may ask you to stay in your cabin. and since that episode took place, i know that we in
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australia, they have learned from it and more stuff has been anchored down than was in that video. you can see stuff just flying around. that's probably the worst cause of injury, isn't it, just stuff flying around and hitting you. and ships do alerts and sometimes things will fly around but really, it's very unusual. you have to remember that itineraries are designed to keep ships out of that kind of weather. jenna: on that, sue, since you've been on a lot of cruises, is there any, i don't know, routes or maybe cruise ship that is avoid particularly tough seas so we could avoid this type of situation? >> well, there are no guarantees with the sea, but i suppose if you're thinking of a cruise and you're worried about that, you pick a cruise that's very short distance between the ports, so it's not sailing very much, it's in port all day. i wouldn't suggest someone going around cape horn for your very first cruise because that's a notoriously rocky down there. jenna: good advice, we appreciate it very much. these pictures are incredible. it's nice to have context for this and know it doesn't
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typically happen. >> no. jenna: but in case we want to avoid it, shorter cruises. sue for cruise critic.com, thank you very much. jon: that is tkraeuzy stuff. jenna: did you see that just flying across? what would you do? i don't know. try to hold on i guess. jon: crushed by the picnic table. that's what it looked like. brand new polls are out, more bad news for democrats when it comes to the midterm elections ahead. we will show you the latest numbers. and fox news contributors karl rove and juan williams are here to weigh in on the possible shift of balance of hour on the hill. that's next.
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jenna: a doving story you first heard about an "happening now". iran says they're releasing one american hostage. this saturday. the anniversary of 9/11. the associated press is reporting that their newsate got a text message from iran's culture ministry that is telling reporters to come to the same hotel where
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these americans and their parents were reunited just a few months ago. we don't have any more details on which one it might be. josh, shane, or sarah, but apparently this saturday, one of them could be set free. jon. jon: there are more polls just out, jenna, indicating the prospects are dim for democrats in november. take a look at the results of this new quinn pack -- quinnipiac poll saying 42 percent of voters would rather vote for a republican rather than a tk-rpblg that's a five-point lead and with the democrats' majority in the house in jeopardy, republicans are reportedly already putting together a plan if they take over and john boehner were to become speaker of the house. does that mean republicans are jumping the gun, or do all signs point to a huge defeat for democrats in the midterm elections, at least in the house? let's bring in our political panel, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to president george w. bush, karl rove is with us, also
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fox news contributor, and npr senior correspondent, fox news contributor, juan williams, is with us as well karl, you just put an op-ed piece saying that all signs point to a punishing defeat for democrats in november. how are you calling that? >> well, i took a look at the 111 polls that have been released since july 1st on house races and i got to tell you i was blown away by the results. there are 30 democrat incumbents who trailed the republican challengers in those polls, there are in the open seats, democrats are behind in seven of nine democratic open seats. on the other hand, seven of eight republican incumbents are ahead of the democratic challenges and republicans lead in four of the six republican open seats. this would point to if all that netted out exactly as it was portrayed in those polls, the republicans would gain no seats alone a net of 34 of the 39 seats and would win control and even worse for democrats is there are
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36 democrats who are ahead of their republican challengers and those incumbent democrats, 12 of them are only -- are three points or less ahead of the republican challengessers -- challenge -- challengers and 18 are ahead of the five republican pone and that additional 30 seats is an indication that democrats have a lot more members out there who are at risk, in all but two instances, those democratic incumbents are much better known than the republican challengers so they have room to grow in the remaining weeks of the campaign. jon: juan, i know karl can pick apart numbers better than anybody and i'm not asking for you to do that but if he's right, why is there so much dissatisfaction or a swing toward the gop? >> i think clearly this is going to be a tough year for democrats no matter how you cut it. if you look historically, i think karl will back this up, most presidents in their first term lose seats, when you come to that midterm, but here's the thing. when you look at what karl has done, he's looking at
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polls that have taken snapshots of what we've seen so far this year, with so much of the energy in american politics driven by the tea party, driven by opposition to health care, tax cuts, this discomfort with the stimulus, the results of the stimulus, i think a lot of this now may be shifting. there's a dallas poll that hasand republicans in a generic race in terms of preference tied. again, that's the vote of a counter indicator, because for most of this year, people have been saying they prefer republicans. i don't think there's any doubt republicans will do well. the question is, is it going to go to the extremes that karl is talking about, and my bet is that right now, you have democrats with a money advantage and you have democrats, specific to president obama, getting out with a message, engaged in a way they haven't been before to say republicans don't have new ideas, republicans are a party of obstruction. we'll see how voters respond to that jon. jon: and we'll see how voters are when it comes to
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satisfaction with the way things are going. part of the new polling, voters were asked how satisfied are you. only 25 percent say they are satisfied with the way things are going in this nation. 73 percent over all are dissatisfied. karl, that's a huge margin, and a huge number. >> it is. look, juan makes a good point, that these are snapshots, but if you put them all together they paint a picture where the american people are down on the democrats in congress, that's the lowest rating some polls have ever received and they're down on president obama on the key issues. there's a poll this week, a gallup poll that showed on the top three issues, economy, jobs and spending, republicans had an advantage of between 5 percent and -- five and 15 points. look, i know the democrats are going to say we've got a winning message but guess what, that winning message is the message they've been delivering all year that got them into this trouble, it's not going to get them out at this late date. the question is how big is it going to be, and juan is
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right, democrats have a modest spending advantage, but as i pointed out in my column, in 2006 the republicans had more money than the democrats did, and it didn't keep them from losing control of the house of representatives. what matters is not who spends the most, but does the challenger have sufficient resources to get a message out, and the republicans i think are going to have sufficiency in far more contests than the democrats would like to see. jon: juan, we've got less than two months to the mid terms. do democrats have time to turn these numbers around? >> well, i think the key here is, one, whether or not they're successful in changing this from a national election, you know, because that's what a lot of these numbers reflect, national discontent, especially the numbers you referenced, jon, are you happy with the way things are going in the country, if they're able to turn it into local electrical, able to say it's this democrat that you're familiar with, especially in districts where john mccain won, with 50 plus votes, and these are generally republican districts, they should be held for republicans, but if
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democratic incumbents say you know me, here's what i've done and i'm engaged on jobs and i have distance from president obama on health care and some other ideas i may have opposed, if democrats stay localized they may do well. second thing is they may paint the opponents as extremist, say this is a tea party person, this person what's crazy ideas, you know me, trust me. a lot of that plays into the democrats' hands. jon: juan and karl, stick around. we are going to be talking about -- well, you take it over. jenna is -- >> jenna: you guys relax at the break, i'm coming after you guys, next! it's going to be a lot of fun. we're going to talk about the president's message midterm, he came out swinging, of course, some of those comments from yesterday. is it enough, though? we're going to talk about that with juan and karl. also a car wreck on the streets of boston. guess who was involved? nfl star quarter tom brady, crashing his car early this morning. harris has brand new information, she's been working that story all morning long. we're bringing it to you next.
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>> reporter: welcome back to "happening now", i'm harris faulkner at the breaking news desk. with all that news of tom brady, he's actually okay. he just reported for work. i spoke with a spokesman for the new englandpate rosies and -- patriots and he passed brady in the hallway, he did not seek or need medical attention so he was not taken to the hospital after the audi sedan he had a crash in. tom brady is okay, you see him with his wife giselle. it was reported he was late, but that's okay. why the -- by the way, he's in meetings ahead of a walk-through on a practice field.
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they expect him to be part of all of that today. back to jenna and jon. jenna: harris, thank you. president obama is fired up. and is firing back at republicans. the president delivering his speech in ohio yesterday, laying out new proposals to jump start the economy. also, laying into his critics on the other side of the aisle. but is the president's message too little, too late? karl rove and juan williams are back with us. juan, the president has been in office 19 months now, we have a few weeks to the electricals. is it too late? >> jenna, i think if you're a democrat and you're running for office, you say oh my gosh, why now, why didn't he do this sometime earlier. i think the messaging out of the white house, especially on dedication, focus on jobs, has been slow in coming. i don't think there's any question. but right now the president and the white house hope to put republicans in a box by making proposals such as tax cuts for small business, investment in research, you know, capital investments for small business. why don't republicans get
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behind this and do something, where are the republican ideas and the only reason they're not doing it is politics. if they can sell that to the voters that republicans don't have anything to offer and i'm the one who's trying, maybe it could work but it's pretty late. jenna: speaking of that, speaking of too late, juan brings up a good point, the republicans have repeatedly said they are going to announce their economic plan after labor day. now it's post labor day, we don't have a plan yet and we're told maybe it will come in a couple of weeks. the president gave a reason as to why we haven't heard the plan. here's what he had to say and i want to get your reaction on the other side: >> the easiest thing for the other side to do is to ride this fear and anger all the way to election day. that's what's happening right now. jenna: is that what's happening right now, karl? >> well, the president engages in these strawman arguments. of course that's not true. john boehner laid out yesterday a proposal to the president which said let's stepped the tax cuts for two
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years and cut spending to the level it was in 2008. now, that makes a lot of sense to american people. look, i don't think the president's message was too little, too late. i think it was too much, too early. we heard all of this before, virtually all of this. the antibusiness rhetoric, the call for more government spending, $50 billion, blaming, saying it's not my fault, i'm just trying to clean up the mess,ing his predecessor, woe is me, i tried my best but it's not where we need to get it. that, we've heard. that's what's gotten them into the electorical -- electoral difficulties we got. the two words, we heard the attacks on john boehner, mentioned eight times and i'm mystified about the -- kwr-t president would lower himself, diminish the office and make this john boehner versus barack obama. that's insane. the other thing we heard is tax cuts. jenna: i have a short amount of time. i want to flip this a little bit. juan, you first, karl, you second. juan, how do you advise the
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republicans and karl, how do you advise the democrats during this midterm? >> i think the democrats -- the key to the republicans is keep up the high level of enthusiasm that republican voters have demonstrated during the primary, make sure they turn out, don't forget your grounding. that's what i'd say to republicans. jenna: karl, for the democrats. >> follow the lead of senator michael bennett, democrat of colorado, who immediately disagreed with the president's call for more spending, be like robin carnahan, democrat of missouri who called for the continuation of the tax cuts, be like joe donnelly of indiana who emphasized how he opposed pelosi and obama on health care and hope to god the democrats who are irritated about you attacking independents get you into office. jenna: you two should take this on the road. thank you very much, karl. >> jen kwrarbgs next time put nous the same room. we like each other, we can actually be in the same studio! one camera, rather than two. we're 20 yards away from
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each other, by god, come on! jenna: we can do that. tomorrow, you guys want to be back? karl rove, juan williams, next time in the room together, it's going to be a great conversation. stay on top of the latest political developments, before the midterm election, with america's hebgs headquarters' iphone app, go to foxnews.com, find the link in the spotlight section on the home page, karl and juan are definitely doing this, by the way. you can find the download details, and be in the know on the go. jon: new next hour, it is a day america will never forget, september 11th, 2001. now from the ruins of the world trade center site, new towers begin to rise. finally. shepard smith joins us with a look at what's happening today at ground zero. and an amber alert issued for this missing toddler. harris is at the breaking news desk with more details on the search, and why the boy was left all alone. and this video game is
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called medal of honor, so why is the u.s. military fighting to get it banned? a live report, all new, next hour.
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jon: a fox news alert and revealing new details about a secret nuclear site in iran. hello, i'm jon scott. jenna: a busy day already. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. iran diss departments unveiling precise information about a huge clan december stein nuclear project. all this coming as we've just learned one of three american hikers who have been held hostage for more than a year inside iran will be freed on saturday, the end of ramadan holiday, also the anniversary of 9/11. national security correspondent jennifer garyen reporting -- griffin reporting life at the pentagon. what do they have to say about this facility? >> reporter: well essentially,
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jenna, first of all, we have no independent way of confirming what they announced today, but this group in the past has revealed several sites inside of iran, major nuclear facilities that the iaea and white house eventually had to confirm the existence of, so they have proven reliable in the past. they have found a tunnel complex through satellite imagery as well as human intelligence inside the facility. it's about 80 miles west of tehran, it is a facility near the town of cause lean, they call it facility 311 for whatever that's worth. it, essentially, they're saying has 200-yard-long tunnels that are about 20 yards wide inside this mountain. there's been be digging going on for the past five years, and they're saying it looks like it's set up to have uranium-enrichment cascades. they think it's more along the scale of the cone facility that was revealed a year ago
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eventually confirmed by the white house, and they're saying this is another example that the iranians are moving forward on their nuclear program. again, u.s. intelligence, u.s. officials not confirming that this site is, is one that they've been watching, but this iranian dissident group says that they did alert the iaea and that they have informed u.s. officials this week and provided, shared the intelligence, and they say it, again, shows the shell game the iranians are playing. take a listen to the leader of the group that presented the information now about the facility. >> there are four entrances to these, to the tunnel. the -- two of them are major entrances, one is to get in, the other one is to leave the tunnel. and the other two, one is a vertical shaft, and the other
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one is actually an individual shaft for individuals to, basically, escape shaft. >> reporter: it's also interesting to note, jenna, that the timing of this, of this leak that the iranian regime may release one of those american hikers on saturday. often we've seen in the past the iranians will make a goodwill gesture like that when they feel the heat is on and aspects about their nuclear program is going to go public, something that could embarrass them or lead to more sanctions. we don't have independent confirmation, but this group has been right in the past. jenna: jennifer griffin for us at the pentagon. in the meantime, we have another news item to tell you act, this coming from interpol. the international police agency is warning, basically, governments worldwide that there is an increased probability of some sort of a terrorist attack or some sort of a violent attack if this pastor that you're seeing on your screen burns the
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korans on saturday. warning, basically, of an increased risk of terror attacks if this actually goes through. it's just one line coming to us by way of some reporting being done by reuters. we'll keep you updated as we hear more about this. jon? jon: ohio's battered economy is playing a huge role in that state's senate race. candidates on both sides are blaming the white house, but they are pointing at different administrations. chief political correspondent carl cameron is live in ohio for us. tell us about these candidates ohio has an open senate seat, right? >> that's right, jon. george voinovich is retiring, so the seat's open. we're going to hear rob portman, former congressman. mr. portman is, in the view of his democratic critics and opponents, the epitome of a bush-era candidate on the ballot in 2010. rob portman is a former
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congressman, but he also worked in the bush administration in the president, george w.'s, second term. mr. portman was the head of the bush administration's office of management and budget during the 2006 midterms when republicans lost their house majorities. he was also the u.s. trade representative as appointed by president bush, and, therefore, negotiated with other countries for u.s. trade deals. and democrats argue that he's cost ohio and the country jobs because of the bush economy that they claim obama has inherited and is causing the current problems and because of trade problems. lee fisher is the lieutenant governor of this state, a democrat, and he has some, something of a record himself that makes for an easy target as the number two democrat in ohio. a state with the ninth worst unemployment in the country, he's got some explaining to do. this state also has an $8 billion budget hole and as a consequence because he's the governor's number two, that's something that he has to answer for as well. so these two candidates beating
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each other up hammer and tong over the principle issues of the day in the national election and the one here in ohio. the economy and jobs, they both agree it's lousy, they just disagree who to blame, but it's the presidents in each case, obama and before that, president bush. jon: with portman having ties to the bush administration, is he getting tea party support in ohio? >> reporter: yes and no. he's been courting it, and there are some tea party organizations that do back him but nowhere with the same degree of urgency that you see in a lot of other places where we have what have been dubbed tea party-backed candidates. the battle on the airwaves is every bit as vitriolic as though the tea party were fanning the flames. listen to some of the ads in an exchange between each, the republican and democrat, going right for one another's jugulars. >> congressman rob portman knows how to grow the economy, in china. he voted for millions of tax breaks.
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on his watch bush's trade czar our deficit with china exploded sending 100,000 ohio jobs overseas. >> fisher says hold him accountable for his job record. how's he doing? nearly 400,000 jobs lost with a record number moving to other states. >> reporter: a recent poll suggested that rob portman has inched into a lead, but there had been a number of surveys prior to the columbus dispatch poll a few days back that suggested this was more close to a toss-up. the voters are confronted with a choice, what they essentially argue are the lesser of two evils trying to turn around an economy that is really, really hurting the voters here, jon. jon: carl cameron reporting from toe, ohio, thank you. and we are continuing the countdown, go to politics.foxnews.com. you can click on the 54 days to decide banner there for everything you need to know leading up to what will be very pivotal elections. jenna: well, some new warnings
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in the wildfires raging near boulder, colorado. the national weather service says winds could reach up to 60 miles per hour, and residents should be ready to leave their homes at any moment. four people right now are still missing this that area, and here's the latest we have from a news conference that just wrapped up. >> we now have 30% containment, and that is confirmed. we now have 550 firefighters working on the incident. we have 160 firefighters that are arrived in addition to the 550. jenna: hey, that's news. when we started the show it was 10% containment, that fire. we might see it's an improvement. william bradshaw is joining me, he's been evacuated from his home in that area, so, william, where are you right now? >> at the ymca. jenna: and what's going on around you? >> the ymca, the red cross are doing a superlative job of
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taking care of people here, just in a holding pattern. i'm not one of the people that gets to go into my home, it's still considered an active area, so i just have to wait. jenna: tell us a little bit about what happened this week. did you just all of a sudden have to evacuate quickly? did you have any sort of heads-up? >> i was at work, and friends called me and informed me that there was a fire and my circumstance, unique to me, was that i wasn't able to gather anything to leave. so when i left home monday morning, everything was good, and everything i own is in my home that i've just owned since june of this year, and i've not been able to get back into my home. jenna: wow, william, we can't even imagine. any knowledge, think sort of information you're getting as to the condition of your home right now? >> i've tried, i have a sister who's brilliant and has been doing a lot of research for me, she keeps me posted, but i --
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everything -- they put out a list of the homes that have been destroyed, and my name has not been on that list although right now the press conference you alluded to they said it's gone up to 160. but when i go to the boulder office of emergency management, they haven't updated, so i'm still in limbo whether my house has burnt down or not. jenna: william, how are you holding up? >> not well. jenna: yeah. i guess -- >> it would be easier, although difficult, to know that my house burned down rather than being in a place and not knowing. jenna: yeah. william, hey, we're really thinking about you and your family, the bradshaws, along with all the other families that are there right now, and we appreciate you taking time to talk to us. we'll be thinking of you, william. thank you so much. >> you're welcome, bye. jenna: firefighters outside of boulder are ramping up efforts.
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it's just incredible. this is a very dangerous fire and certainly a lot of families, like william's, affected. jon? jon: "happening now" has been bringing you a dramatic story out of l.a. riots for the past several nights over the death of an immigrant at the hands of police. well, today a new bombshell report as angry protesters against l.a.'s police department, those protests intensify. it focuses on the officer at the center of the deadly shooting that triggered all this unrest. we're live in los angeles with some late-breaking developments. but aleve can last 12 hours. and aleve was proven to work better on pain than tylenol 8 hour. so why am i still thinking about this? how are you? good, how are you? [ male announcer ] aleve. proven better on pain. or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
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jon: take a look at what's "happening now" around the globe. in the top box, marine commandos regain control of this pirate-held ship off the coast of small la. pirates hijacked that ship yesterday. in the middle box, a homicide bomber strikes a central market in russia killing at least 17 people, more than 130 others are hurt. in the bottom box, fidel castro says the communist system is hurting his country. cuba's former president and dictator telling an american journalist that the political model is just not working anymore. , you know, jen well, mexican drug gangs are stepping up operations right here in the u.s. growing marijuana crops on this side of the border to avoid the trouble of having to smuggle it. booby traps, trip wires, armed towards all part of -- guards all part of this.
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who wants to go out on something like that? adam houseley does. he rode along with federal agents, he's joining us live in california. adam? >> reporter: yeah, we're here at moffett field for these operations. as you mentioned, jenna, it's a difficult problem across the country. there have been gardens found now in 16 states on our public lands. this is a big deal, and these guys fly in california on the front line. we had a chance to go along with them, be inserted directly in by california's air national guard. hundreds of feet above the treetops, california's air national guard gets a bird's eye view of a growing marijuana problem plaguing our public lands. >> you see large amounts of marijuana grows on public lands throughout the state of california, and it's a very prevalent issue off times -- often times taking up entire hillsides. >> reporter: the only way in is to hike or by atv, that's why
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these air national guard supports can hoist -- [inaudible] and today we go along for the ride. once on the ground agents first secure the area dealing with thick brush, dangerous terrain and even booby traps set by the cartels. then the back-breaking work begins. plant by plant they work their way down the rows yanking several thousand plants out by the roots, then piling them up and hoisting them out. >> if the we didn't have the helicopter, we never would have found this. you couldn't just drive down the dirt road out here and locate this. >> reporter: so once the area's secure, the way out is the same as the way in: straight up. at $2,000 or more a plant, the street value of today's haul in excess of $2 million. jenna, as you can tell, this is demanding, physical work, very dangerous, and if you think california's the only state having these problems, there have been recent bust bees in washington, new york, utah and
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texas. jenna: how was it going out of that helicopter? >> oh, it was awesome. these guys do great work, and one of the things that's interesting is from above you can't tell the slope of a hill. when you go down, you might be on kind of an incline, so it's difficult work these guys do, and you may be going into something you don't know what's below you other than a marijuana garden, and it's an interesting and difficult job they do. jenna: sounds like you're not giving up your day job, is that right? >> reporter: i'd do it again. i wouldn't give up the day job, but i'd do it again. it was fun. again, they almost cleared it for us before we went in. jenna: incredible video, adam. thank you so much for that. jon: wow. the u.s. military goes to battle against a popular video game. medal of honor, it's called, and it is under assault. where the game will not be sold and why straight ahead. ♪
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jon: new information, now, about the police officer behind a deadly shooting that has sparked heated protests in the los angeles. a report saying the officer who shot and killed a knife-wielding man has been involved in two previous shootings while on duty. bob decastro of kttv is live
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with us in los angeles. he has the latest. what does this report say, bob? >> reporter: hey there, jon. well, the police chief, charlie beck, tried to explain this to residents last night because they got ahold of those documents and, obviously, they're very critical of the police department and the police chief. but we know from these official documents that this is a 13-year veteran of the police department and, yes, during his career he was involved in two separate officer-involved shootings. now, in the both cases these were incidents where the suspects had pointed a gun at him, and he shot those suspects, and he wounded those suspects, he did not kill them. and there was an independent investigation in both instances, this is over the course of about ten years, and he was completely absolved. they found that it fell within department policy, and they found that he did not do anything wrong in either of those instances. so the chief of police vigorously defended this police officer last night. he vigorously defended his
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actions on sunday night saying that that 37-year-old guatemalan immigrant had lunged at police officers with a bloody knife, and that is when that police officer decided to shoot that 37-year-old immigrant, that he had only seconds to make that decision, jon. jon: is there any indication, though, that this report might make matters worse? >> reporter: i don't think so. you know, we had the mayor of los angeles on our show this morning, "good day l.a.," and he was telling us each of these incidents are completely separate incidents. there is a huge infrastructure here in place to investigate these matters, and this will be investigated completely separate of those two incidents, and he believes that the officer was in the right in this case. jon: bob decastro live from l.a. thanks, bob. jenna? jenna: a fox news alert for you
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now, the u.s. appeals court has put a hold, or a hold op a judge's ban on federal funding for stem cell research. what this means is that stem cell research across the country can continue at least for now. now, you might remember that president bush had put research on stem cells on hold because most are made from human embryos. so that was, obviously, and is a point of controversy. this ruling, though, is likely to be considered a victory for the obama white house, the courts saying they're giving the white house and the courts more time to consider what the administration has to say. we're going to have more on this story as we get it. jon: this weekend our nation marks nine years since the attacks of september 11th, a day america will never forget. another plane just flew into the second tower. this raises -- this has to be deliberate, folks. well, today the rise of freedom. what has happened in those nine years? shepherd smith will join us with a look at what's happening today
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jon: like a phoenix from the ashes, buildings are rising once again at the piece of new york city the world calls ground zero. it's been almost nine years since the devastating attack on america by radical muslim extremists. now the world trade center site is alive again, and over the past few months fox news has been granted amazing access to the site. shepherd smith is here, he joins us live with stories of the survivors and the rebuilding once again. >> reporter: and the people who are making it happen, jon. it's an inspiring thing to see in lower manhattan after all these years of waiting. sixteen acres of once vacant and hallowed ground now swarming with new construction as memorials and skyscrapers take shape including what will be the tallest building in this nation. progress, finally, after a lengthy struggle. fox news is committed to documenting that progress, recording it for history. we're calling our series of reports the rise of freedom.
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here's the first installment. ♪ ♪ >> their height and their prominence on the new york city landscape, suchal buildings, amazing imprint on the skylines. >> reporter: this is world trade center window washer rocco in october of 2000. >> i can see upstate new york from here, connecticut! [laughter] that's funny? yes. let's go up.
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>> he loved the view. >> reporter: vincent is the youngest of rocco's three children. >> i hope i going to retire in two, three years and stay home. and i'm very happy. 69 years old, it's time to see the grandchildren. >> when my father became a grandfather, it was a huge, huge joy. jon: another plane just flew into the second -- >> loud explosion -- >> god help those and the victims and their families. >> that's exactly right, jon, with 45 people total -- >> about 2 miles from the pentagon you can see the smoke billowing up from the building. jon: this has to be deliberate, folks. some of the key suspects come to mind, osama bin laden. >> i called my mom, and she said, she said, daddy's okay, you know, daddy just got off the phone with daddy, and he's on the 105th floor and he's here
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with 2, 300 people. we're all in god's hands, he said. life took a long time to -- how can i, how can i explain it? >> reporter: this is the street level, obviously, but there's much more below. >> right. there's much more below. seven stories between where, basically, we're standing and where we're going to be going to bed rock below the towers. >> reporter: joe daniels is the president and ceo of the national september 11th memorial and museum. the world trade center site is 16 acres. the museum and its memorial will cover eight acres and is scheduled to open on september 11th,2011. waterfalls that mark the twin towers' original foot print. how do you see this experience
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for people who come here? >> i think this 8-acre memorial plaza is meant to be and will be a separate space within the city. you're going to approach the memorial pools, you're going to have these massive waterfalls and both the sound of the falling water, which is a huge 52,000 gallons of water per minute, to have that sound, to have the 400 trees surround you, to have the names of the victims in front of you, it's going to be feel like a separate, special place. >> reporter: in 2006 he was asked to take the reins. the controversy surrounding what is built here and how is no secret. you called it a battlefield promotion. this, at times, this struggle to deal with all the entities and the competing forces must have felt like a real battle. >> yeah, it did, and it still does in a way. i mean, there are so many
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stakeholders that have legitimate things to say about this site. of course, the family members, absolutely. something like 40% of all the families, 1100 families never got remains back to bury. that's what this site is. >> they never recovered his remains. it's one of the hardest things. once they finish the memorial, i'll feel more of a closeness, i guess you could say, to dad, to my father. >> one of the women i interviewed worked for the port authority in the world trade center had her walkie-talkie. she talked to me at the beginning of her interview how she heard rocco on the walkie-talkie, and she couldn't get his name out without crying. >> come over to southeast. >> when i see that walkie-talkie, i think of rocco. >> reporter: amy weinstein
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records oral histories and helps gather the museum's physical artifacts. >> we hope to record oral histories with a family member or friend of everyone who was killed. when we acquire a wallet that was returned to a family member, we have a responsibility to care for that in perpetuity in the public trust, so as long as our civilization exists, we'll be here. >> so this is the original flurry wall that on 9/11, the day of 9/11 played a huge roll in that it held back the hudson from flooding lower manhattan. >> reporter: the river's right there. >> this holds back the river. the water, it comes right up against battery park. >> reporter: one complexity the museum finds itself up against, how to present an event that is not history. >> whether it's the first responder vehicles that have been so damaged by the collapse, that level of realness needs to be here in order to tell what actually happened. >> reporter: this will be a difficult experience for a lot of people. >> absolutely. and things like the jumpers,
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while we will show them, we're going to, basically, warn the visitor that if there are certain things they don't want to see, they'll be able to avoid some of those horrific images, but that's the truth of what happened on that day. >> in 1987 i remember looking up to the twin towers and saying to myself, wouldn't it be fantastic some day to own those buildings? >> reporter: silverstein properties acquired the lease in 2001. >> we closed it six weeks before 9/11, and, of course, life changed for everybody, the impact on our lives was nothing short of extraordinary. >> reporter: you knew so many people in that building -- >> oh, yes. many. it became obvious to me that those terrorists sought to destroy our way of life. this was an attack on america and not to rebuild these buildings would be to give the terrorists exactly what they were looking for. >> reporter: the process of
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rebuilding has been anything but smooth. it's a stark comparison to the pentagon. just one year after flight 77 slammed into its side killing 184 people, the building was repaired. over the last nine years, there are a lot of cooks in this kitchen. >> shepherd, it's been a challenge of major proportions. we're dealing with four governors of the state of new york, soon to be a fifth, five governors of the state of new jersey. each governor has his own agenda, so we've been faced with many challenges here, not the least of which is a change in political leadership. >> reporter: but as of july the ground has been broken for every office building planned. one world trade center is being built by the port authority of new york and new jersey, and it's on its way up. the broadcast antenna will reach 1776 feet. to the east, tower two will
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stand 1270 feet. moving south from tower two is tower three, the 71-story building that will rise 1140 feet. today work is being done in the bedrock for the foundations of two and three. but tower four is taking shape, and its construction won't stop until it's 975 feet tall. there are 2,000 people on the job today, but that number's expected to come to 10,000. the site will also be home to a 1,000-seat performing arts center and a transit hub designed to look like a bird taking flight. >> clearly, the train is moving down the tracks. it's beginning to rise. it's also very emotional. >> reporter: describe those emotions, if you would. >> in just a matter of a few years, we'll have these six architectural gems that people look at and say, my god, isn't that fantastic? >> we need this on the
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outside -- >> cedar rapids, iowa, native megan is a structural engineer for leslie e. roberts and associates. it's her job to marry the fantastic visions of an architect with the realities of physics. >> right here we have one of the tower columns. this column will rise all the way up to the top of the building. you can see we have some quite large rebar here, and then you'll see something like this which is a form that will encase the perimeter. after that the concrete is placed inside, they vibrate the concrete and then they strip the forms. you can see here a finished column, so we've done reinforcement inspections of this. they've formed it up, poured the concrete, they let the concrete set, and then they remove the sets. tower four is just under a thousand feet, so you'll have four columns that will run all the way up to the top of the building. >> designed and built to a standard that is totally beyond
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building code in the united states. >> reporter: just north of the world trade center site is building number seven, the headquarters for silverstein properties. and in here completely different from the last one, certainly wider and a lot more security. >> you look at the stairs, they seem to be inordinately wide. they are. they're 20% wider than code requires. reason for that is what we learned on 9/11 and that is fire responders coming up the stairs are impeded by people who want to come down the stairs. unlike the twin towers that were erected for the original trade center which were secured and protected by wall board, plaster board on their exterior, what we have here are, are lode-bearing walls that are at least 2 feet thicker. each wall is impregnated with 70
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tons of blocks per floor. it makes the core of this building impregnable. >> reporter: and if first responders have to come, we see the black poles over here with the yellow stripes along the side, and there happens to be another one over here. these are all for communications with fire and police. >> well, you also have, you have an addition. for example, you have a sprinkler system. see this red pipe, it's a, it's a sprinkler system that is designed to work under any circumstance because it's within the core walls. on 9/11 the planes sheered right through the sprinkler system. these measures, now, are incorporated into all these buildings, so they're built to a totally different standard than has ever existed. >> we can't get back what was lost that day, but if we can move forward and rebuild, i'm humbled to be able to be a part of that. >> reporter: you really love this, don't you? >> it's great. i mean, i really -- i feel it's an honor and a privilege to work on this.
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♪ >> i'm sure now they're going to do something different with how they operate the window washing of it, but i would take the job just to enjoy the view that he, that he loved so much. jon: you know, we lost so many people that day, shep, and in response our nation has launched two wars, our men and women in uniform have given up their lives, their blood, a lot of treasure, but it's nice to see, finally, something coming out of the ground there. >> reporter: it really is, jon. we're down there every year for the memorials to honor those who died, and to every year just see this scar on our city, it's been a painful thing, i think, for new yorkers. and now to watch it rise -- and it really is rising. when you go by, if you walk beside, you see the building going up. that's been a long time. it's a great feeling. jon: really inspirational. you know, viewers have been sending us messages at
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foxnews.com/freedom. it's for the workers who toil every day at ground zero, and we have some of those to read for you now. i've never been to new york, i didn't know anyone who lost anyone, but i, like all american, still grieve for those who were lost. i know that whether you're a cement worker or electrician, plumber or painter, your work will mean more to me than any project in history, so writes jay from lake stevens, washington. i pray to god that you are all protected and feel the gratitude of those of us who cannot be there in person to thank you, god bless you all. >> reporter: another one here, this one is from james in san anglo, texas. he says, i wish to thank every one of you at ground zero.
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jon: i will never forget being on the air that day, you were as well. so much tragedy ask yet today -- and yet today when you see that rebirth happening, it does lift the spirit a little bit, makes you feel like america is coming back. >> reporter: it does, and the video does not do justice to this memorial park. it's seven or eight stories, this waterfall is seven or eight stories deep, so as you go around it, you get very close to it, you look straight down on this waterfall that's going to make an enormous rushing sound, trees all around, it's going to be a very peaceful place to reflect, a large park that
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everyone's welcome in. i don't know how it could be better. jon: and peaceful in lower manhattan, you don't find that very often. [laughter] >> reporter: you certainly didn't below the old trade center. jon: well, it is terrific to see that. and larry silverstein, you've got to give him credit. there have been a lot of hang ups and political objection -- conscious cls for buildings that he owned for -- >> reporter: six weeks. and he's had to deal with nine governors in new york and new jersey, plus the stakeholders, the families and the victims who absolutely e deserve a say, but getting everyone on the same page has been an enormous challenge. jon: shep's there to dock ute it for -- document it for us. go to foxnews.com/freedom. you can see all the progress made in rebuilding ground zero and get exclusive contents that you will not see on tv. and coming up tomorrow on the fox report, many young men and women joined the military after the attacks of 9/11, some paid a
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heavy price for their bravery and their service. this friday we'll meet some of them as they make their first visit to ground zero, the site of the attacks that inspired them to serve. and we'll be right back. tylenol 8 hour lasts 8 hours. but aleve can last 12 hours. and aleve was proven to work better on pain than tylenol 8 hour. so why am i still thinking about this? how are you? good, how are you? [ male announcer ] aleve. proven better on pain.
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jon: just in, some pictures you
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don't see every day. right thousand a brush fire is burning in the middle of new york city. harris is here, she's got the story from our breaking news desk. >> reporter: actually, jon, just moments ago they've called this a marine unit on this one. this is unbelievable, in the middle of stating island, new york, right now. this is a sewage treatment plant area on fox beach, and they have called in a marine unit to come and fight this fire. you don't see any structures near it, but you see a whole lot of fuel for this fire to burn be which is why you're seeing black smoke. i just asked moments ago, is it still burning? it's hard to believe it would be at this point. they're probably going to have to dump something from the sky, but we'll stay on this and watch this. a huge brush fire on staten island. jon: the least pamlated of the boroughs. that's what's on fire right now. >> reporter: the only green space we have on fire right now in new york city.
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not all of them, but much of them. jon: all right, harris faulkner, thanks. jenna? jen remember life without google? it's hard to do these days because google is just everywhere, on every computer screen in our news room right now, but can google read your mind? that's the question we're asking connell mcshane. can they? >> reporter: yes, they can. google instant, we'll show some video of it while jenna and i discussing it, but basically they can read your mind. after you've typed a letter or a word or phrase, they start to complete your thoughts for you and then give you the results of what you think you should be searching for which is always kind of interesting. so, you know, you could type anything, obviously -- jenna: like a c for be connell? >> reporter: you're not saying i would be googling myself? jenna: i might be saying that, but why are they doing this? >> reporter: they say they can save between two and five seconds per search. that's a lot of time in the
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search world because google's thinking if people can get the results they're looking for on google, then they're more likely to use it than some other search engine, and they make more money off it. they're showing the results in realtime. you don't have to click search anymore or enter. the search results for what you've typed so far are automatically appearing. jenna: we're going to check for that, i know you probably already have -- >> reporter: yes. jenna: if they're reading our minds now, i don't know what'll happen next. jon: i'm going to google jenna lee. jenna: scary. jon: the president's working hard to sell the country on his economic plan, but some members of his own party are not exactly on board. pennsylvania governor ed rendell will be here to talk about the president's new message. plus, a secret weapon for guys on the dance floor. the key moves you need to know if you want to impress the ladies. that's me. ♪
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jon: dinosaur lovers are abuzz over this one. researchers in spain have uncovered a new dinosaur. apparently this thing sported a 16-inch hump on its back. they believe the hump might have been used to attract mates and speaking of. jenna: what a transition, are you looking for a little love in the club these days? guys there are some key dance moves you may want to pick up on. researchers are using this computer generated avatar. they say they figured out what moves work best for the ladies. apparently the more flamboyant the bet. big and varied neck and torso movements and faster bending and twisting of the specifically

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